CCA opportunity not to be missed

CCA opportunity not to be missed

As reported this month on the Energy Advice Hub, the Climate Change Agreement (CCA) scheme is open to consultation to extend the scheme, as well as open up for new registrations this year, but the window will be short for applications, so action is needed now.

The short window to apply ends on 31st March 2022, and new entrants will be eligible to receive reduced rates on the Climate Change Levy (CCL) through to 31 March 2025.

So, what is the CCA scheme?

More commonly known as CCA, it’s a Climate Change Agreement, a scheme to allow intensive energy users offset their Climate Change Levy (CCL) rates (well, let’s be honest climate change tax)  by committing to energy efficiency targets over a set period.

From manufacturing to industry scale laundries, from food production to textile manufacturing, if you’re a heavy energy user of industry, even in one part of your portfolio, you could benefit from being in the CCA scheme.

There are 49 industry trade associations where CCA’s are available, covering over 10,000 industries, and BiU works with them all to submit your CCA. Several industry trade associations have started the CCA application process for the next intake, as they’re optimistic that the scheme will extend and open up to new applicants.

First, you will have to qualify for the CCA through your industry body a process we help with from start to submission of your qualification pack. Once you’re in the scheme, we work together through your energy efficiency strategy to meet your targets. The target will be inline with your industry bodies’ guidance and is measured through audits and reporting that are submitted for review every 2 years to the CCA.

But how much can I really save with a CCA?

This simple example can demonstrate the benefits of being in a CCA:

Your CCL approximately:

If you achieve your energy efficiency goals, the result is just £4,600 climate change levy, instead of £48,000. A saving that can and should not be ignored.

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But what if I don’t meet my CCA energy efficiency targets?

Even if you fail to meet the target, there are still financial benefits to being in the scheme; you will have to make what’s called a ‘buy-out’ payment to off-set the carbon you’ve not managed to save, but you should still achieve a substantial net saving against CCL. Which means you’ll still act towards a greener UK, as well as having a positive impact to your bottom-line figures.

Can I do it myself?

You can, but would you retrofit a car with electric motor and charging to make it more emission efficient? At BiU we’re experts in energy and carbon optimisation and reporting.

We will take you through the entire process from application to certification, with audits, strategy, and implementation as well. We work with the industry body to make sure everything is inline with their evidence pack, install sub-metering through our siteworks team to single out energy usage, use leading technology and reporting to make sure you’re on target to optimise your energy daily, as well as use our energy and carbon optimisation award-nominated experience to bring you results.

Can I wait and join later?

Unfortunately, no. Once the opportunity to join closes, which we predict will open this summer and close in Autumn, you will not be able to join the scheme. Everyone starts at the same time for the reporting period. It isn’t like SECR which is inline with your financial reporting, the CCA has specific timeframes for reporting and certification. Dates we will plan your energy efficiency programme around.

If you’re unsure if you qualify, simply enter your details below, and the team will get in touch to go over the opportunities available to you (as there may be more opportunities than just the CCA to consider!).

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If you’re unsure if you qualify, simply enter your details below, and the team will get in touch to go over the opportunities available to you.